Table 1

Characteristics and prevalence of medium–high STI risk perception among all women who had ever had sexual intercourse (n=42 974) and among women with a new partner in the last 6 months (n=5620)

VariableAmong all womenAmong women with a new partner in the last 6 months
Number of womenProportion of women perceiving medium–high STI risk (%)Number of womenProportion of women perceiving medium–high STI risk (%)
Age (years)
 35–4519 968(3.2)1137(18.7)
 25–3413 831(7.5)1614(30.1)
 18–249175(16.2)2869(31.8)
Country
 Denmark16 799(8.8)2271(34.0)
 Norway11 959(6.4)1413(25.3)
 Sweden14 216(6.4)1936(24.8)
Type of response
 Paper27 610(7.2)3391(29.1)
 Web7799(9.4)1110(32.8)
 Telephone7565(6.0)1119(23.3)
Education
 >High school30 114(6.4)3355*(28.6)
 ≤High school12 860(9.6)2265*(28.7)
Marital status
 Married/cohabiting30 554(2.8)765(12.0)
 Single/divorced/widow12 420(18.6)4855(31.3)
Alcohol status
 Never/former4669(4.4)292(17.8)
 Current
   Never binge drinking†13 629(3.2)802(16.8)
   Binge drinking <once/month16 427(6.1)1744(22.5)
   Binge drinking >once/month8249(18.5)2782(37.1)
Had genital warts in the last year
 No42 456(7.2)5463(28.1)
 Yes518(23.4)157(46.5)
New partners in the last 6 months
 037 354(4.2) –
 13110(19.0)3110(19.0)
 21317(33.6)1317(33.6)
 ≥31193(48.2)1193(48.2)
Condom use with new partners in the last 6 months
 No new partner37 354(4.2) –
 New partner
   Almost always/always2199(22.7)2199(22.7)
   Never/rarely/sometimes3421(32.5)3421(32.5)
  • All variables were statistically significant at P<0.0001, except education* among women with a new partner in the last 6 months (P=0.98).

  • †Binge drinking=more than six alcoholic drinks at one occasion.